Sunday, March 16, 2008

Scrapbooking 201: Paper Clay Accents

Not sure but this seems like a passing phase. It was real popular there for a short while. You can buy the paper clay in small packages in many colors. If they do not have the color you like, buy white and add a little paint to your clay to create what ever color you want, or paint the final item.

Note: It is fairly easy to work with when you first get it out of the package, but it starts to harden as it dries, so be sure and work with a small amount at a time and keep the unused part covered with a moist towel or sealed in an airtight plastic bag. If it does start to harden while working with it, you can add a tiny bit of water to soften it back up.

It is very easy to use, just pinch off a piece and try:

1. molding into what every shape you like
2. using a mold – there are a number of plastic or rubbery molds for sale
3. flatten with a roller and rubberstamp a design
4. roll flat with roller and use mini cookie cutters to cut shapes
5. Some folks run it thru their pasta machines (dedicated craft machine)
6. Once you let the item dry, you can paint. Spray paint is fast and easy.
7. Try using metallic rub-ons for a fun effect.
8. You can rubberstamp in alphabet letters and make clay titles, cut around the word with a knife, you could even make scrabble like tiles.

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